Municipality settles with 3 more companies in Port of Anchorage lawsuits

Municipality settles with 3 more companies in Port of Anchorage lawsuits

By Daniella Rivera

A municipal attorney says Anchorage has taken a major step forward, settling with the last three of the seven companies involved in the failed Port of Anchorage expansion project.

Robert Owens says what happens to the port happens to Alaskans, because 85 percent of the goods sold in southcentral and western Alaska come through the Port of Anchorage. But the port is in bad shape.

An assessment’s findings — filling three large binders — Continue reading

Anchorage settles with remaining contractors in port lawsuit for a fraction of claimed loss

Anchorage Dispatch News
By Devin Kelly

The city of Anchorage has reached settlements with three remaining contractors involved in the botched Port of Anchorage expansion project, ending a lawsuit that stretched nearly three years and recouped only a fraction of what the city had sought in damages.

Engineering firm CH2M Hill Alaska Inc. paid the city $1.5 million, according to the settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. CH2M Continue reading

50 States, 50 Things America Must Fix Now

Popular Mechanics
By Tim Newcomb

The American Society of Civil Engineers has given U.S. infrastructure a D+ rating. Although that’s technically passing, it’s not exactly the grade you want for the bridges needed to get you to work, the power grids that charge your home, or the levees that keep you nice and dry.

Donald Trump has proposed fixing America’s infrastructure as a major goal of his presidency, and highlighted his own list of trouble spots. We conducted our own Continue reading

With another port lawsuit settled, Anchorage one step closer to possible big payout for botched plans

By Emily Carlson

The Municipality of Anchorage will get $3.75 million from one of the contractors who worked on the failed port of Anchorage expansion project. Municipal attorney Bob Owens says Integrated Concepts and Research Corporation (ICRC) was one of several companies that caused $329 million in damages at the port.

Assembly members have argued there were design failures. The municipality abandoned the project in 2010 and is left with a failed dock after spending more than $300 million Continue reading

Anchorage reaches settlement with key contractor in port lawsuit

Alaska Dispatch News
By: Devin Kelly

A key contractor in the botched Port of Anchorage expansion project has settled with the city of Anchorage for $3.75 million, clearing what one city attorney described as a roadblock to other settlements in the case.

Integrated Concepts and Research Corp., a subsidiary of the Virginia-based engineering and technical services corporation VSE Corp., filed a settlement notice Thursday in U.S. district court

ICRC was the construction project manager in the expansion project, which cost Continue reading

Anchorage seeks money for port, financial flexibility

Associated Press

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz plans to ask state lawmakers to fund nearly $300 million in improvements for the Port of Anchorage and to make several law changes designed to give local governments more financial flexibility.

Berkowitz submitted his legislative request Friday to the city’s assembly. The document includes a list of funding items and bills that Anchorage is seeking from the state Legislature, The Alaska Public Radio Network reported.

The one major capital budget project included on Continue reading

Anchorage pushing for port, more flexible finances from Legislature

Alaska Public Media
By: Zachariah Hughes

In a departure from big wish lists of the past, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s legislative request has only one capital budget project. The administration is also pushing for a number of law changes designed to give local governments more financial flexibility.

Berkowitz submitted his legislative program to the city’s Assembly on Friday. It’s a menu of funding items and bills the municipality hopes to see from the Legislature in the upcoming session.

This Continue reading

Port defendants argue Anchorage has no claim to state, federal project funds

Alaska Journal of Commerce
By: Elwood Brehmer

The defendants in the Municipality of Anchorage’s lawsuit over its failed port expansion project have banded together to demand the city’s claim for monetary damages be tossed because they contend it has yet to specify what exactly it seeks to recoup.

Attorneys for Anchorage-based PND Engineers filed a joint summary judgment motion in U.S. District Court of Alaska Nov. 21 on behalf of co-defendants Integrated Concepts and Research Corp. and GeoEngineers, a Continue reading

Anchorage settles for $12.6M with port contractors

Alaska Journal of Commerce
By: Elwood Brehmer

Anchorage has settled out of court for $12.6 million with three subcontractors in the city’s failed port expansion project while a lawsuit against other players in the complex drama continues.

Most recently on Oct. 19, Terracon Consultants Inc. and the Municipality of Anchorage filed a motion in U.S. District Court of Alaska notifying the court that Terracon had agreed to pay the municipality $1.95 million.

Terracon reviewed a 2008 evaluation report of the Continue reading

All but one claim against CH2M dismissed in port lawsuit

All but one claim against CH2M dismissed in port lawsuit

Alaska Journal of Commerce
By: Elwood Brehmer

The global engineering firm CH2M is almost out of Anchorage’s lawsuit to settle liability for the municipality’s failed port expansion project after a Monday federal court ruling.

U.S. District Court of Alaska Judge Sharon Gleason found the Municipality of Anchorage has little financial recourse against the company that, at least initially, seemed to play a very small role in updating the aging docks at the Port of Anchorage.

Gleason wrote in a 31-page Continue reading